You are not the Only Freak in Town

5 minutes, 20 slides, a big room full of strangers and video cameras. I was shaking in my pants and had a quiver in my voice while I spoke about my quest to remove shame and guilt from the mothering experience. The crowd at Ignite Ithaca 2* was really supportive, I got hugs and encouragement galore while limping around with one leg in a normal shoe, the other in my husband’s black crock and an air-cast (just a sprain, still a pain). I don’t like public speaking, but I better get used to this. You can’t change the cultural conversation about anything, let alone postpartum depression, without speaking up in front of a crowd. So once again, I am practicing stepping out of my comfort zone, trying to give my fear its due-respect and do the scary anyway.

I got handsomely rewarded that night: hugs from strangers can be disconcerting, but the ones I got there were nothing but sweet. Postpartum depression touches so many and is spoken of by so few,  that it is no wonder  people are actually relieved when I bring it up.

So I’d really love to know what you think about this short talk.

Would you please comment below and tell me if I managed to ring a bell?
How was watching this helpful?

And as always, when you like  on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ppdtojoy) or follow me on twitter (I’m @yaelsaar), you are helping me spread the word and normalize postpartum depression and anxiety. Thank you.

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12 Responses to You are not the Only Freak in Town
  1. Wendy
    April 12, 2011 | 9:25 pm

    It was wonderful talking with you and look forward to meeting you. Check out my website and book!!!
    <3 Wendy

  2. Yael
    April 12, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Thank you for the detailed comment.
    And by the way, you are the best mother in law! hugs back at you.

  3. Yael
    April 12, 2011 | 11:47 am

    Thank you sweetie. My life in Ithaca is richer because you are in it. hugs.

  4. orna saar
    January 22, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    i was deeply moved by your courageous and eloquent presentation.
    also you looked great and i wanted so much to hug you–just too far….

    yours is a marvelous approach to ppd and i can testify as to the successful results.
    love orna

  5. Marygold
    December 6, 2010 | 1:08 am

    Wow, Yael, great job! Ithaca is so much richer for you and your work.

  6. Jonas
    December 3, 2010 | 12:59 pm

    Message for your Vain You: I watched every second of that video approximately one million times (and all the parts that are not in it half a million times) and I noticed nothing odd with your hair.

  7. Yael
    December 3, 2010 | 12:07 pm

    hi Stacy, look, it’s up! yay! can’t wait to see your presentation again.

  8. Yael
    December 3, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    Thanks Lauren, I’m thrilled that you like this. Hugs from Ithaca.

  9. Lauren Hale
    December 3, 2010 | 11:40 am

    GREAT job, Yael!!!!! I LOVED the presentation and you did an awesome job. :-)

  10. Stacey
    November 7, 2010 | 11:17 pm

    You did a GREAT job! Well done!

  11. Yael
    November 7, 2010 | 11:09 pm

    So glad you liked this. Right back at you.
    I really value your opinions. hugs.

  12. daniela
    November 7, 2010 | 10:56 pm

    you are EXTRAORDINARY, yael…love you…XOXO

You are not the Only Freak in Town

5 minutes, 20 slides, a big room full of strangers and video cameras. I was shaking in my pants and had a quiver in my voice while I spoke about my quest to remove shame and guilt from the mothering experience. The crowd at Ignite Ithaca 2* was really supportive, I got hugs and encouragement galore while limping around with one leg in a normal shoe, the other in my husband’s black crock and an air-cast (just a sprain, still a pain). I don’t like public speaking, but I better get used to this. You can’t change the cultural conversation about anything, let alone postpartum depression, without speaking up in front of a crowd. So once again, I am practicing stepping out of my comfort zone, trying to give my fear its due-respect and do the scary anyway.

I got handsomely rewarded that night: hugs from strangers can be disconcerting, but the ones I got there were nothing but sweet. Postpartum depression touches so many and is spoken of by so few,  that it is no wonder  people are actually relieved when I bring it up.

So I’d really love to know what you think about this short talk.

Would you please comment below and tell me if I managed to ring a bell?
How was watching this helpful?

And as always, when you like  on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ppdtojoy) or follow me on twitter (I’m @yaelsaar), you are helping me spread the word and normalize postpartum depression and anxiety. Thank you.

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12 Responses to You are not the Only Freak in Town
  1. Wendy
    April 12, 2011 | 9:25 pm

    It was wonderful talking with you and look forward to meeting you. Check out my website and book!!!
    <3 Wendy

  2. Yael
    April 12, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Thank you for the detailed comment.
    And by the way, you are the best mother in law! hugs back at you.

  3. Yael
    April 12, 2011 | 11:47 am

    Thank you sweetie. My life in Ithaca is richer because you are in it. hugs.

  4. orna saar
    January 22, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    i was deeply moved by your courageous and eloquent presentation.
    also you looked great and i wanted so much to hug you–just too far….

    yours is a marvelous approach to ppd and i can testify as to the successful results.
    love orna

  5. Marygold
    December 6, 2010 | 1:08 am

    Wow, Yael, great job! Ithaca is so much richer for you and your work.

  6. Jonas
    December 3, 2010 | 12:59 pm

    Message for your Vain You: I watched every second of that video approximately one million times (and all the parts that are not in it half a million times) and I noticed nothing odd with your hair.

  7. Yael
    December 3, 2010 | 12:07 pm

    hi Stacy, look, it’s up! yay! can’t wait to see your presentation again.

  8. Yael
    December 3, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    Thanks Lauren, I’m thrilled that you like this. Hugs from Ithaca.

  9. Lauren Hale
    December 3, 2010 | 11:40 am

    GREAT job, Yael!!!!! I LOVED the presentation and you did an awesome job. :-)

  10. Stacey
    November 7, 2010 | 11:17 pm

    You did a GREAT job! Well done!

  11. Yael
    November 7, 2010 | 11:09 pm

    So glad you liked this. Right back at you.
    I really value your opinions. hugs.

  12. daniela
    November 7, 2010 | 10:56 pm

    you are EXTRAORDINARY, yael…love you…XOXO